The Trial Of Mary Dugan


October 20 & 21, 1932


Illini Theatre


This melodrama concerns a sensational trial of a Broadway chorine accused of killing her millionaire lover. Her defense attorney is doing such a poor job, that he is replaced with a new attorney, her brother, Jimmy Dugan. During the play, the audience is addressed as if it were the jury.

Author: Bayard Veiller

Historian’s Corner

It was noted in the review that during the intermission between the second and third acts, Ralph Benjamin, as a courtroom onlooker, sat throughout the intermission eating his lunch while waiting for the trial to resume. It was also noted that the large cast had many newcomers to the Players.